Top things to see and do

Visit the best at­trac­tions in Ed­in­burgh and the Loth­i­ans

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THE REAL MARY KING’S CLOSE

Join a char­ac­ter guide and step be­neath the Royal Mile to un­cover a time cap­sule of hid­den streets. Dis­cover some of the most dra­matic episodes from Ed­in­burgh’s in­cred­i­ble past and hear the real sto­ries of the peo­ple who lived and worked on the city’s closes. Tel: 0131 225 0672, www.real­maryk­ingsclose.com

ROSSLYN CHAPEL

Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446. The beauty of its set­ting and the mys­te­ri­ous sym­bol­ism of its or­nate stonework has in­spired, in­trigued and at­tracted vis­i­tors for gen­er­a­tions. Just seven miles south of Ed­in­burgh, Rosslyn Chapel is open daily. Tel: 0131 440 2159, www.ross­lyn­chapel.com

ED­IN­BURGH BUT­TER­FLY WORLD

En­joy a unique day out with a visit to the world’s long­est run­ning in­door trop­i­cal but­ter­fly world. Ex­pe­ri­ence daily an­i­mal han­dling and feed­ing events, and ex­plore the Jungle Gift Shop and Dob­bies Restau­rant. Tel: 0131 663 4932, www.ed­in­burgh-but­ter­fly-world.co.uk

THE ROYAL YACHT BRI­TAN­NIA

If you’re look­ing for a fun day out for all the fam­ily, then The Royal Yacht Bri­tan­nia is the per­fect choice. Ex­plore the five main decks, en­joy de­li­cious treats in The Royal Deck Tea Room and take in the stun­ning wa­ter­front views. Tel: 0131 555 5566, www.roy­aly­achtbri­tan­nia.co.uk

NA­TIONAL MIN­ING MU­SEUM

This five-star vis­i­tor at­trac­tion set in the won­der­fully re­stored Lady Vic­to­ria Col­liery in New­ton­grange tells the story of coal for Scot­land through fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and guided tours with ex-miner guides. The A-listed com­plex is recog­nised as one of the finest ex­am­ples of a Vic­to­rian col­liery in Europe. Tel: 0131 663 7519, www.na­tionalmin­ing­mu­seum.com

SCOT­TISH STO­RY­TELLING CEN­TRE

A vi­brant arts venue, great meet­ing place and unique venue steeped in Scot­tish cul­ture on Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Mile. Dis­cover sto­ry­telling, mu­sic and dance with year-round pro­gram­ming, plus the flag­ship tra­di­tional arts fes­ti­val, TradFest, from 26 April to 7 May. Tel: 0131 556 9579, www.scot­tish­sto­ry­telling­cen­tre.co.uk

GLENKINCHI­E DIS­TILLERY

Glenkinchi­e, a clas­sic Low­land dis­tillery, is lo­cated in beau­ti­ful East Loth­ian, just off the A1. The dis­tillery is open seven days a week, so come and join Glenkinchi­e for a guided tour fol­lowed by a tu­tored tast­ing in the bar. Glenkinchi­e of­fer a shut­tle bus ser­vice from the cen­tre of Ed­in­burgh di­rect to the dis­tillery seven days a week. Please call for avail­abil­ity. Tel: 01875 342012, www.dis­cov­er­ing-dis­til­leries.com/glenkinchi­e

COCKENZIE HOUSE & GARDENS

Known as the hub of the com­mu­nity, Cockenzie House of­fers an ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors to en­joy. In­dulge in de­li­cious treats at Cadell’s Cafe at the Se­cret Gar­den, browse the He­cla Gallery or even take in the beau­ti­ful listed gardens. Tel: 01875 819456, www.cocken­ziehouse­andgar­dens.co.uk

THE ROYAL BOTANIC GAR­DEN ED­IN­BURGH

Cap­ture your imag­i­na­tion with a trip to Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Botanic Gar­den. Per­fect for the whole fam­ily, vis­i­tors can ex­plore over 70 acres of land­scaped grounds and re­lax within the tran­quil­ity of the gardens. Tel: 0131 248 2909, www.rbge.org.uk

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